For nearly 25 years, Vogel Alcove has provided free quality child development services for Dallas’ youngest victims of poverty: homeless children 6 weeks to 5 years old. Vogel Alcove is the only free comprehensive early childhood education program in the city of Dallas whose primary focus is to provide free childcare and case management for children and their families residing at 18 local emergency shelters, domestic violence shelters and housing programs.
Vogel Alcove Mission:
To provide the youngest children of homeless families with the foundation for success.
Vogel Alcove Vision:
Every child in our community has a home, a self-sufficient family, and a pathway to success in school.
Early Childhood Development Services
The Vogel Alcove serves a broad segment of the homeless population in Dallas by providing free childcare for young children living in local homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, and transitional housing programs. In a warm, nurturing environment, the Alcove welcomes 115 homeless children, six weeks to five years old, without regard to race, ethnicity or religion. Licensed by the State of Texas, the center operates year-round, Monday-Friday from 7am-6pm.
The Early Child Development Services component works to develop cognitive, motor and literacy skills in order to prepare children to enter school at the same level as their peers. Free services include:
- Early childhood education using a developmentally appropriate, research-based curriculum and assessment tools
- Low staff-to-child ratio in a child-centered environment
- Screens to check for developmental delays, and intervention if delays are found
- Basics needs: home cooked meals, infant formula, diapers, shoes and clothing